Alfred de Musset

(1810-1857 / France)

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  • ''Great artists have no country.''
    Alfred De Musset (1810-1857), French poet, novelist, playwright. "L'Orfèvre," Lorenzaccio (1834).
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To Saint-Beuve

Friend, you have spoken well: in us, such as we are,
There frequently exists a certain flower
That blossoms, fades and from the heart its leaves are shed.
'In three quarters of mankind, you must understand,
A poet has died young who is outlived by the man.'
Well said, my friend - and a little too well said.

You didn't pay attention, lining out your thought,
That your pen made poetry then and there, unsought.

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